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Camp Hurontario

Mactier General Delivery
Mactier, Ontario, P0C 1H0
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Camp Hurontario  

Mactier General Delivery, Mactier, Ontario, P0C 1H0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $1,300 to $1,990/week
  • Ages:
    6 to 16
  • Gender:
    All Boys
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available; 3 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    Camp Hurontario answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Located in islands of Georgian Bay, 2 hours north of Toronto. Small-group philosophy, non-competitive atmosphere, camper input builds self-confidence, strong skills, lasting friendships. Biology program emphasizes appreciation of natural environment. Introcamp programs ages 5-8. 2 week options. Staff-to-camper ratio: 110 staff-185 campers. Leadership in Training program.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    This information is not available.

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    This information is not available.

    What do families need to know about registration?

    This information is not available.

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Hurontario currently has 0 program available; 3 TBD.

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    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 7 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership Training|CIT/LIT Program|Archery|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Diving|Rock Climbing|Zip Line|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Cooking|Jam Camp|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 7 - 13
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $3,050/2 weeks
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Guitar|Jam Camp|Piano|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Disc Golf|Rock Climbing|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Water Polo|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 6 - 8
    Traditional (multi activity)
    First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership Training|CIT/LIT Program|Archery|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Diving|Rock Climbing|Zip Line|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Cooking|Jam Camp|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Camp Hurontario

    our take

    Pauline Hodgetts, the current director, has recalled how her father, Birnie Hodgetts was caught in a storm during a fishing trip in 1946, and sought shelter in a bay, where he and his brother hunkered down for the night. In the morning, he said “This is where I will have my camp.” It took a bit of work (which Pauline recounts here) but, as improbable as it might seem, he did. Founded in 1947, Hurontario remains today what it was at the beginning: a camp where boys can live and work together, form meaningful relationships, grow leadership skills, and gain a sense of themselves. The most traditional camp activities—canoeing, tripping, sailing, the arts—have been augmented over the years, though done very intentionally to ensure that the focus on values, character, and leadership remain the core of the program.

    Three Things: Camp Hurontario
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  • Location & Site Details


    Mactier General Delivery, Mactier, Ontario, P0C 1H0, Canada


    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Hurontario technology free? Yes Hurontario is unplugged as we request that all cell phones, I-Pads etc. be left at home as we are a camp where living in the outdoors without technology .


    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Matt Smith, Director
    Camp Director, Teacher, School Principal

    Camp Hurontario has been a family owned business since it started in 1947. Birnie Hodgetts, father of current owner Polly Marston, had a vision of  a camp that was unique in both its philsopohy and location. Hurontario is located on a truly magnificent island in the Georgian Bay and we are surrounded by over 300 acres of mainland and  camp islands where boys from all over the world paddle, kayak, sail to our islands to enjoy painting, swimming, campcraft, biology, and great games like Capture the Flag. Over Hurontario's excellent history, we have maintained the philosophy of grouping our boys in small groups with a non-competitive, flexible approach to all the activities. Hurontario has 170 campers and a home grown staff of whom we are so proud. A 1:2 staff to camper ratio to ensures each and every individual the chance to grow and enjoy at his own pace while making life long friends. A terrific place to be on hot summer days! 


    • Camp Hurontario founded thanks to a piano

      On a fishing trip in 1946, Birnie Hodgetts and his brother Ted, paddled into what is now Hurontario's main camp bay. They pitched camp and spent a stormy night waiting for dawn to bring them the opportunity to explore this incredible sheltered bay they had found. Soon they realized that they were on a large and very beautiful island  surrounded by pristine lands .After much exploring of who owned the island and the mainland across from the island( Birnie was a visionary who knew that in time he had to have the far shore so in future summers no one could build across from camp island),Birnie set out to find out who owned the property.

      Title searches turned up the owners of the lsland .The island was for sale but acquiring the big mainland property was not going to be so easy.Mr Kingsmill owned the 150 acres deeded to him by Queen Victoria for fighting in the terrible Boer War. On hearing Birnie's vision for a children's camp, Mr. Kingsmill wrote back to say he would be happy to sell the property but that he would like to run the camp in partnership with Birnie. Birnie was keen to be sole owner and creator of his vision for a camp and so wrote this back to Mr. Kingsmill. For a long time no more was heard from Mr. Kingsmill and Birnie's vision seemed more and more a remote dream. And then one day, Birnie received a letter from Mr. Kingsmill from Mexico where he was  living telling Birnie that he had fallen in love with a Mexican girl called Carmelita whom he wanted to marry.

      Now Carmelita was happy to marry Mr. Kingsmill but her wedding present was to be an English grand piano with music lessons- and Mr. Kingsmill mentioned this to Birnie as Mr. Kingsmill did not have the capabilities to get this piano for his Carmelita.Soon there after, Birnie arranged for a piano to be shipped from England,piano lessons were arranged all in exchange for 150 amazing acres of land in the Georgian Bay!

      And so for the price of a piano and piano lessons and a girl called Carmelita ,Hurontario became a camp now enjoying its 71st summer in the Bay. 

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